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Penguin Guide, January 2009

BEETHOVEN: String Quartets Op. 59, No. 1, ‘Rasumovsky’ and Op. 95, ‘Serioso’ 8.554181
BEETHOVEN: String Quartets Op. 59, No. 2, ‘Rasumovsky’ and Op. 74, ‘Harp’ 8.550562
BEETHOVEN: String Quartets Op. 59, No. 3, ‘Rasumovsky’ and Op. 127 8.550563
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet, Op. 130 / Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 8.554593
BEETHOVEN: String Quartets, Opp. 135 and 131 8.554594
BEETHOVEN: String Quartets Op. 132 and H. 34 8.554592

The Kodály have the benefit of very good recorded sound, with a particularly good balance, and the actual playing is very fine, with judiciously chosen tempi and expertly moulded phrasing. Both the Rasumovsky Quartets here are very good indeed: thoughtful, decently paced and thoroughly musical accounts, which will give satisfaction. No one getting any of these discs is likely to be disappointed…



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American Record Guide, August 2000

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